Schoodic Scenic Byway
If you want to see the real Maine, flee tourist attractions and national chains and drive the Schoodic Scenic Byway. Discover a region and lifestyle that residents want to preserve and visitors want to experience. Spend your day in a landscape of lighthouses, lobstering, clamming, blueberry fields, and timberland. Stop and peruse the small shops and yard sales where local artisans and craftspeople sell their wares. Afterwards, relax and have a good night's sleep at a historic bed-and-breakfast.
Lighthouses contribute to the quaint, peaceful feeling that this area embodies. Egg Rock Light is often nicknamed Maine's ugliest lighthouse, and provides an amusing contrast to its neighbor, the Winter Harbor Light, which is the Byway's most photogenic lighthouse. Petit Manan Light, at 123 feet, stands as Maine's second tallest lighthouse.
This region contains a variety of wildlife and recreation. Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge shelters a number of birds, including ducks, eagles, and osprey. Take a boat tour to see some of the sea bird nesting colonies. Acadia National Park covers more than 47,000 acres. Hike or bike through the park, exploring its flora and fauna.
Turnouts add relaxation and great sights to the Byway. While you visit Acadia National Park, take a picnic at Blueberry Hill. Afterward, capture some photos from the shore. Frazer Point also provides opportunities for beautiful photos. Schoodic Head showcases Frenchman Bay and its nearby islands.
Nature and scenery along the Byway match its cultural heritage for richness and beauty. As you travel this route, look for a variety of birds that are plentiful near the many lakes, rivers, and coastlines along the Byway. View gorgeous mountains, islands, and fields of blueberries and wildflowers, historic buildings, and lighthouses. Discover one of the last frontiers of the eastern seaboard on the Schoodic Scenic Byway.
Best Time to Drive
March, April, May, June, September, and October are excellent because the crowds aren't as heavy. The Byway is beautiful in any season.
July and August are the most crowded.
Information was obtained by permission from www.byways.org.
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Been to Maine several times and to Schoodic three different times. I LOVE THE NORTHERN MAINE COASTLINE. Never been there on the bike but hope to next fall.
Sun Nov 3, 2013 at 6:30 PM
This is a great road. You can get a pic of your bike with a back drop of Cadillac Mt. Very few people in that remote section of the park. I would bet that the majority of people that visit Bar Harbor even find out about this jewel. This is a must do if you are in the Bar Harbor area.
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM
I just did this ride over Labor Day weekend. Weather in the low 70's, excellent views. Roads under construction in some parts but nothing too bad. An Awesome ride. We hopped off Rt 186 and went to Corea for lunch, and some more great views.
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM